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Meet these characterful creatures – a rare and ancient breed that's at home in the Forest Park

Wild Goat Park

Say hello to Galloway's wild goats

A great opportunity to get close to the goats that have been roaming here since the 1970s. Around 50 live in the Park while several hundred more live in the surrounding hills.

These hairy, long-horned beasts are British Primitive Goats. Goats like these were kept by our ancestors, who valued them for their milk, meat and skins.


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Parking

You can stop and watch the goats from the car park and other roadside pull-ins any time of the year.

Life's essentials

You'll find toilets (including accessible facilities), refreshments and souvenirs at the Clatteringshaws and Kirroughtree Visitor Centres at either end of the Queen's Way.

Walking trails


Cycling trails


Mountain biking trails


Our goats are a greedy lot – if you want to attract them, rustle some food packets and they will usually come straight down the hill to investigate!

There are picnic tables in the car park, so this is a great place to stop and have your lunch in their company. However, the goats are on a strict diet so, despite their cute looks, please don't be tempted to share your picnic with them!

Contact: Galloway Forest District

Address: Creebridge, Newton Stewart

Postcode: DG8 6AJ

Telephone: 0300 067 6800

Email: galloway@forestry.gsi.gov.uk


How to get here

There are plenty of places to stop and view the goats, including several road side pull-ins. We recommend the Wild Goat Park car park, where there's plenty of room and some picnic tables.

The Wild Goat Park is beside the Queen's Way (A712) between Newton Stewart and New Galloway. The entrance is at grid reference NX 496 720.

Using SatNav?

DG8 7BL is the nearest postcode.

Nearby places

There are lots of other interesting places to visit along the Queen’s Way.

You’ll find the Red Deer Range nearby, where you can get up close to, and find out more about, Scotland’s largest mammals.

Pause or picnic at the Glen of the Bar for impressive views towards the Solway Coast and to find out why this narrow gully was so important to our ancient ancestors…

Visit Talnotry to find out more about Alexander Murray, one of Galloway’s most famous sons, and the monument that celebrates his achievements. There are trails here to the hilltop memorial, an atmospheric woodland artwork and the picturesque Grey Mare’s Tail waterfall.

The forest park visitor centres of Kirroughtree and Clatteringshaws are at each end of the Queen’s Way. Stop off for more great trails as well as cafés, toilets and souvenirs.


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